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Forbes' Firsters


Forbes’ Firsters is a series that takes a glance at the pedigrees and sales histories of select 2-year-olds who are making their debuts in maiden special weight races at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, or Saratoga Race Course. Many of history’s best horses have commenced their careers in New York, and Forbes’ Firsters will help fans find the stars of tomorrow as they head postward for the first time.



Jon Forbes



OVERNIGHT TRADING (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Midnight Lute—Rainbow Promise, by Known Fact) is out of an unraced mare who is a half sister to Grade 1 Spinster Stakes winner Try Something New as well as Uncle Ho, winner of Gulfstream Park’s Hallandale Handicap. Rainbow Promise has had seven winners from nine foals to race, including Class Above, by Midnight Lute’s paternal grandsire Quiet American. Class Above won the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies at age two and the Bourbonette Breeders’ Cup Stakes at age three, both at Turfway Park. Rainbow Promise is also the dam of the stakes-placed Unbridled’s Song daughter Rainbow Song. 

Owner: Klaravich Stables & William H. Lawrence
Trainer: Dale Romans
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Sales history: $87,000 OBS August yearling


BUDDY’S TIZ (2yo bay colt, Tiznow—Caroline’s Gold, by Touch Gold) is out of a Grade 3-placed half-sister to Grade 1 Travers Stakes and Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby winner Colonel John, and multiple graded stakes-placed Mr. Hot Stuff, both by Tiznow. Caroline’s Gold has one other foal to race, a Smoke Glacken gelding named Highest Order who ran third in his Turfway Park debut at age two but is still a maiden after six starts.

Owner: Kingfield Stables
Trainer: Bruce Levine
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
Sales history: $400,000 Keeneland September yearling


ARCHWARRIOR (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Arch—Winner’s Edge, by Seeking the Gold) is a half-brother to minor stakes winners Coya and Return to Paradise, with the latter having placed in a pair of black-type events as a juvenile. Their dam was effective on both dirt and turf, including a second in the Grade 3 Affectionately on dirt, and is a half-sister to Lucky Song, a Group 2 winner in England who was the high-weighted 3-year-old filly in Europe at 14 furlongs and longer. Archwarrior is the most expensive of six 2-year-olds by his sire to sell at auction this year.

Owner: Alto Racing, LLC
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
Sales history: $75,000 Keeneland November weanling; $375,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)


BUDDY’S SMART (2yo bay colt, Smart Strike—Summer Colony, by Summer Squall) is out of a mare who won six graded stakes in her career, with her biggest win coming in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign Handicap. Summer Colony has had four foals, all to race, with two winners including Summer Laugh, a daughter of Distorted Humor who won Delaware Park’s Blue Hen Stakes at age two. Her other winning foal, another Distorted Humor filly named Summer Humor, is one-for-six lifetime but her single win did come as a 2-year-old.

Owner: Kingfield Stables
Trainer: Bruce Levine
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
Sales history: $30,000 Keeneland September yearling



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IRSAAL (2yo gray/roan colt, More Than Ready—Quiet Now, by Tiznow) is the first foal of his winning dam, a half-sister to Horse of the Year and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Saint Liam. Other half-siblings to Quiet Now include Quiet Giant, winner of the Grade 2 Molly Pitcher on dirt; Congressionalhonor, victorious in the Grade 3 Bay Meadows Derby on turf; and Dance Quietly, heroine of the Busanda on dirt. Irsaal is the second most expensive of 40 yearlings by his sire to sell at auction 2011.

Owner: Shadwell Stable
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Alan Garcia
Sales history: $325,000 Keeneland September yearling


ORDER OF MAGNITUDE (2yo bay colt, Henrythenavigator—Jewel Princess, Key to the Mint) is out of a mare who won three Grade 1 races and eight total graded stakes on dirt, including the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Earlier in her career, Jewel Princess won three races on turf, including the Grade 3 San Clemente and San Jose Handicap. Jewel Princess has eight other foals of racing age, and all three of her foals to race have earned black type, topped by dirt stakes winner One Nice Cat. Fine Jewel, an unraced half-sister to Order of Magnitude, produced El Caballo, who won the Grade 3 Colonel E.R. Bradley Handicap on turf. Order of Magnitude was the second most expensive of 47 yearlings by his sire to sell at auction 2011.

Owner: Bluegrass Hall LLC
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey: Rajiv Maragh
Sales history: $435,000 Keeneland September yearling


RIDE L’ULTIMO (2yo chestnut colt, Langfuhr—Regal Locket, by Regal Classic) is a half-brother to turf runners La Dolce Vita, who won the Grade 3 Suwannee River, and Bijou, who placed in a Grade 3. Three of six foals of racing age out of Regal Locket have won.

Owner: Gary L. Zwerling
Trainer: Mark Hennig
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.




HEDONEMEWRONGSONG (2yo bay filly, Bluegrass Cat—Bitter Lemon, by Lemon Drop Kid) is the first foal out of her dam, who was stakes placed on dirt and turf. All three of Bitter Lemon’s wins came on dirt. Hedonemewrongsong’s second dam, Snit, won the Grade 2 Cotillion Handicap on dirt and also produced turf runners Blind Date, victorious in the Grade 3 Virginia Oaks, and Sales Tax, who won three minor stakes.

Owner: William M. Backer
Trainer: Jonathan Sheppard
Jockey: Rosie Napravnik


MAGNIFICENT SHIRL (2yo chestnut filly, Heatseeker—Fantastic Shirl, by Fantastic Light) is the second foal out of her dam, with her lone sibling of racing age being half-brother Fantastic Song, who debuted a winner on turf at Saratoga and was second in the Grade 3 Pilgrim, also on grass. They are out of a mare who won the De La Rose, finished second in the Grade 3 Noble Damsel Handicap, and was third in the Grade 2 Jenny Wiley, all on turf. Fantastic Shirl comes from an impeccable turf family, being a half-sister to Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf upset winner Perfect Shirl, Grade 1 Woodbine Mile and Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational victor Shakespeare, and Grade 2 New York and Grade 3 Bewitch heroine Lady Shakespeare. That group is out of Lady Shirl, who won the Grade 1 Flower Bowl Handicap, Grade 2 E.P. Taylor, and Grade 3 Modesty.

Owner: Dell Ridge Farm
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: John Velazquez


COARSEGOLD (2yo bay filly, Giant’s Causeway—Cool Spell, by Grand Slam) looks to become the first winner from three foals to race out of her dam, who was third in the Grade 3 Debutante at Churchill Downs as a juvenile and won a minor stakes at Tampa Bay Downs and was second in the Grade 3 La Troienne as a sophomore, all on dirt. Presto Change O, a full-brother to Cool Spell, placed in a Grade 3 dirt sprint.

Owner: Walter D. Burris
Trainer: Mark Hennig
Jockey: Jose Lezcano


RUTHIE BLUE EYES (2yo chestnut filly, Stormy Atlantic—Halo America, by Waquoit) is a half-sister to Marino Marini, who was second in the Grade 1 Phoenix on turf in Ireland as a 2-year-old before coming to the United States to earn a Grade 1 placing on dirt in the Malibu, and Quick Temper, who captured the Grade 3 Arlington Matron Handicap on dirt. Marino Marini is by Storm Cat, the sire of Stormy Atlantic. All 15 of Halo America’s wins came on dirt, including the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap and three other graded scores. Five of Halo America’s six foals to race have won, two on turf. Ruthie Blue Eyes was the most expensive of seven weanlings by Stormy Atlantic to sell at auction 2010 and the third most expensive of 14 juveniles by her sire to sell in 2012.

Owner: John C. Kimmel & Eli Gindi
Trainer: John Kimmel
Jockey: Alan Garcia
Sales history: $170,000 Keeneland November weanling; $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Timonium 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 4/5 seconds, video)




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SPEAKING ROLE (2yo chestnut filly, Singspiel—Whatamiss, by Miswaki) is a full-sister to Miss Singhsix, who won the Grade 3 Obeah at Delaware Park, and a half to Silver Lord, who won a listed stakes and was Grade 3-placed at the Fair Grounds. Miss Singhsix and Silver Lord were winless on the turf, with Miss Singhsix winning a pair of races over the all-weather. Six of Whatamiss’ seven foals to race have won, two on turf. Whatamiss, whose lone win came in a dirt sprint, is a half-sister to three-time graded-stakes-winning sprinter Star of the Crop.

Owner: Team Valor International
Trainer: H. Graham Motion
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez



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SIGN (2yo bay filly, Pulpit—Cross, by Mighty) is out of a mare who won a restricted stakes on turf via disqualification as a 2-year-old. A half-brother to Cross, Lattice, won the Grade 2 American Derby on turf. Cross has one other foal of racing age, Thwart, who won a maiden claimer in May at Evangeline Downs.


Owner: Adele Dilschneider & Claiborne Farm

Trainer: Albert Stall, Jr.

Jockey: Rosie Napravnik


APOLOGIZE (2yo chestnut filly, Lemon Drop Kid—Aurelia, by Danzig) is out of a placed half-sister to seven black-type earners, including Grade 1 Go for Wand Handicap winner Aldiza and Grade 2 Molly Pitcher victress Atelier. Apologize’s second dam, Aishah, won the Grade 2 Perfume and is a half-sister to Champion Two-Year-Old Filly Althea.


Owner: W.S. Farish & George Prussin

Trainer: Michael Matz

Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan

Sales history: $210,000 Keeneland September yearling


MARCELLINA D’ORO (2yo bay filly, Medaglia d’Oro—Philly’s Philly, by A.P. Indy) is out of an unplaced half-sister to Grade 2 Smile Sprint Handicap and Grade 2 True North Handicap winner Woke Up Dreamin and four-time Grade/Group 3 winning turf mare Denomination. Philly’s Philly’s two other foals of racing age have won at the claiming level.


Owner: Stonestreet Stables LLC

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $360,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling


JET AWAY (2yo dark bay, filly, Mr. Greeley—Resort, by Pleasant Colony) is a half-sister to Grade 2 Peter Pan winner and Grade 1 Wood Memorial runner-up Sightseeing. Three of Resort’s four foals to race have won. Resort, who was second in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks and third in the Grade 1 Gazelle, is a half-sister to Grade 2 Brooklyn Handicap hero Living Vicariously and Grade 3-winning sprinter With Distinction.


Owner: Phipps Stable

Trainer: Claude McGaughey, III

Jockey: John Velazquez